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Pueblo County commissioner responds to DEA's comments regarding retail pot

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 19 2014 06:57:09 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2014 12:36:54 AM CST

Carl Winder talks with Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace who defends recreational pot after a scolding from a DEA leader.

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -

A Pueblo County commissioner wants to invite the Drug Enforcement Administration to show how the county handles retail pot.

This comes after DEA Chief of Operations James Capra said legalizing retail pot in the U.S. would be reckless and irresponsible.

Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace said there isn’t anything wrong with recreational marijuana.

“I don’t think Mr. Capra has been paying attention to what we are doing in Colorado. We have more regulations for marijuana than alcohol,” Pace said.

He said Pueblo County has strict marijuana laws.

Capra said retail pot will hurt the U.S. in the long run.

“This is somehow good for us as a nation, that this is good for the next generation, it’s wrong, it’s a bad thing,” Capra said regarding how more places are considering legalizing retail pot.

Pace said recreational pot will make the future brighter for Colorado.

“There is going to be $40 million alone to build new schools,” he said.

Capra said the U.S. is inviting trouble if it legalizes retail marijuana.

“What the DEA is interested in is trafficking groups that want Billy to puff on his bong,” Capra said.

The county commissioner said having regulations on retail pot will clear up marijuana crimes.

“The community supports that we are getting rid of the black market. A year from now there will not be a black market,” Pace said.

He thinks if marijuana is legalized in the U.S. it will make Capra less busy.

“I suspect Mr. Capra has spent his entire career fighting marijuana; it must be difficult for him to see things change and the potential of his job at the DEA being irrelevant these days,” Pace said.

Right now recreational pot can be sold in Pueblo County and Denver.

Manitou Springs and Palmer Lake have moratoriums on recreational pot shops, but both places are still considering it.

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